Round I Predictions

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Flames vs Sharks – San Jose in 6
They have to win.  Period.  The addition of Brian Campbell was exactly what was needed for this team to push over the edges.  They have every piece of a Stanley Cup contender. 

Avalanche vs Wild – Colorado in 7
This is a toss up.  The Wild really wanted to play Anaheim, but they didn’t get that match-up.  IF, Colorado can stay healthy, they’ll win this series.  Plus, I love a feel-good story, and what better story this year than the resurgence of Jose Theodore, whom we had all left for dead.

Predators vs Wings – Wings in 5
Nashville will try and be physical with the Wings, but it won’t work.  They are too small and weak themselves.  Still, it’s a surprise to see them in the playoffs, so they may push this to 6 games.

Ducks vs Stars – Ducks in 6
The Stars just don’t have it together yet.  Plus I’m still put out by the fact they won the Richards sweepstakes.  Go rot Dallas.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Penguins vs Senators – Penguins in 5
A reversal of fortunes from last year.  This time, Sid the Kid has Malkin the Monster and a complete cast of superheroes to take charge and dominate this series beginning to end.

Rangers vs Devils – Rangers in 6
Devils are playing the same game they did 15 years ago.  Albeit with their 420th coach, but who’s counting.  I despised them then, and still do.  The only thing Rangers are really missing is a puck moving defenseman to get the puck out of their end.  Fortunately for them, they have all-star Henrik to save them when they turn it over.

Canadiens vs Bruins – Habs in 4
Bruins might have made the playoffs, but they have nothing to give against a well balanced Montreal team.  Nothing.

Capitals vs Flyers – Capitals in 6
Flyers are too beat up and haven’t found their groove for a long long time.  Caps have been absolutely flying since Boudreau took over.  They’ll keep that up in the first round an roll over the Flyers.

The Chief Canuck

 

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